When Cecily Strong sat in Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" anchor chair for the first time this fall, she had only one goal in mind: Don't cry. "I'm a crybaby, so I express every emotion with tears," says the Springfield, Illinois, native. "But they would've been happy tears — I would've been bawling because I was so excited."
You can't blame her for being psyched. In only her second season on SNL, she's been promoted from lowly featured player to heir to the throne coanchor Seth Meyers will vacate when he leaves to host NBC's Late Night early next year. "Cecily's had a meteoric rise, as opposed to my molasses-like one," quips Meyers.
It's almost literally a dream come true for Strong, who...
Kerry Washington and Jay Pharoah
With Scandal star Kerry Washington hosting this week, Saturday Night Live took the opportunity to have a little fun at its own expense.
The episode built its entire first sketch around the concept that Washington would be tasked with playing Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce all in the same skit — a winking reference to Kenan Thompson's recent comments about the lack of women of color on SNL.
Kerry Washington, Sally Pressman
Halloween scared away most viewers Thursday.
Scandal topped a down night overall with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, on par with last week. ABC's annual broadcast of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (7 million, 2.2) improved more ...
Lady Gaga, Josh Hutcherson
Lady Gaga is pulling double duty for her third appearance on Saturday Night Live.
For the first time in her career, the "Applause" singer will serve as host and musical guest when she returns to...
Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant, according to Us Weekly.
Washington, 36, is said to be about four months along. An email to Washington's rep was not immediately returned.
The Scandal actress surprised her friends and co-workers over the summer when she married NFL player Nmandi Asomugha in Idaho. The two had kept their romance out of the spotlight.
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On Saturday, Washington will host Saturday Night Live. She's conveniently featured from just the waist up in the promo below.
Emile Hirsch, John Belushi
From famous outlaw to famous comedian?
Emile Hirsch, who stars as notorious criminal Clyde Barrow in Lifetime's upcoming Bonnie & Clyde miniseries, will step into the shoes of another real-life figure — John Belushi — in a new indie biopic, TheWrap.com reports.
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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis will be planning for more than just their upcoming wedding. The couple are expecting their first child together,People reports.
"They are incredibly happy," a source close to the pair tells People. "They're very excited to welcome a new member into their family."
Alec Baldwin, Ed Norton, Miley Cyrus
It was Edward Norton's first time hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, but he got some helpful advice right at the start from a couple of veterans.
Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus made appearances during Norton's opening monologue, with 16-time host Baldwin offering Norton some tips — and Baldwin deadpanning that his turn in American History X was "hilarious." Cyrus basically promoted her upcoming tour and twerked later on in the episode (sigh).
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the best costume of them all?
That's the question the first annual Hub Halloween Bash aims to answer. The two-hour special, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson, features children from across the country competing in a star-studded costume contest with the winner nabbing $25,000 and a walk-on role on the Daytime Emmy-winning series R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series.
Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong
Cecily Strong has filled some mighty big shoes over on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" desk. Before her, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — arguably two of SNL's finest female comedians — set a pretty high standard. So what does Poehler think of her successor?